February 13-17

Hi everyone!

We made it to the last week before the two week Canada Games break! Please check with your students to make sure that they are up to date on band playing assignments (details are in Google Classroom), as well as theory chapters (Breezin’ Thru Theory), because report cards are coming up very quickly after we return to school in March! All students also have a practice guide (Winter Practice Challenge) to help them meet a goal of at least 3 practice sessions outside of classtime each week. Students are not expected to practice during the winter break as I know many are travelling, but instruments should still be taken home if possible at the end of the week!

We will follow the regular early morning band schedule again this week:

Tuesday, February 14: Grade 7 early am Band (7:45-8:50 am)

Wednesday, February 15: Grade 8 early am Band (7:45-8:50 am) and Jazz Band after school (3:15-4:15)

Thursday, February 16: Grade 9 early am Band (7:45-8:50 am)

In case you missed it on Island Morning, the EWS bands are participating in a new collaboration with the Holland College Community Band called Band for Life. So far we have a community band volunteer who plays with our grade 9 concert band, and one that just started coming to grade 7 band practices on Tuesday mornings. You can hear the CBC interview which aired last Thursday here! It was also featured later the same day on Maritime Noon.

Island Morning Band for Life Interview

Rehearsals this week (Feb. 6-10)

We will follow the regular early morning band schedule again this week for grade 7, 8, 9, band and Jazz band.

Please note that all students have playing assignments to complete (details are in Google Classroom), and all students will be receiving a practice challenge this week for you to sign at the end of the month. Students should also be completing their practice drills (Chapters 1 and 2) in Breezing Thru Theory 🎶 .

It’s a bit chilly to think about ice cream, but I hope to have the Recipes in Jars ice cream party for those students who sold 6 or more jars on Friday, February 10th.

Stay warm out there!